Our first trip together to Normandie. Hotel Mercure Omaha Beach, found via Thomas Cook website. Reviews showed quite promising. Arrived on 3th of September, very friendly welcoming. Found our way to the "Chambre Piviligès". Be advised, these rooms are part of a different building without elevator. Room quite modern, well finished furniture (except for the toilet which needs a renovation). Minibar with free non alcoholic drinks, original Nespresso coffee (3 tasts) refilled on a daily basis. Small balcony which clearly needed renovation (painted, but rotten wood, floor ordinary concrete). We booked half board. Restaurant was not fabulous, meaning, restaurant was quite clean, but the food was not particularly fantastic. In no way we are fast food eaters, nor "haute cuisine - fetishists", but the food that was presented us some of the evenings was very, very average, reminding us of the food served in the French film "L'aile ou la cuisse" with Louis de Funès and Coluche. The kind of food made by an industrial for the 'large cuisine'. There were evenings, the food was really great, oisters and shrimps were generaly good, ate a superb entrecote (steak), but other evenings the plates were really tasteless.
Now, for the service in the restaurant, hmmm, it was equivalent to the food served, quite mediocre. There was one blonded short haired women who was very arrogant, a person with a real attitude. Not friendly at all, probably because we did not order every evening a €35 bottle of wine....?? Cannot identify the person, in decent hotels/restaurants the personnel wears name-tags..., You were never sure when to sign off for the drinks or when to expect the standard carafe of water. Same for the dessert. Only after 3 diners, we learned from a kind older waiter that, apart from a self-service cooler with ready-made desserts, we could also choose a few alternatives.... chaos??
Breakfast (luckily far away from the restaurant) was very ok. Very good service. Very good location for visiting the WWII - landing scene.
Conclusion: yes for the hotel, no for the hotel-restaurant.
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